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The Winds of Dune (Heroes of Dune #2)

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Between the end of Frank Herbert's DUNE and his next novel, DUNE MESSIAH, lies an intriguing mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe. Paul Atreides is the man who overthrew a corrupt empire and then launched a terrible jihad across the galaxy, shedding the blood of trillions. The now-hated tyrant, the blind emperor Paul Muad'Dib, has walk ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 4th 2009)
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M.M. Strawberry Reviews
I could go on and on and ON AND ON AND FREAKING ON about all the plot inconsistencies and what not of this new book. But I'm not gonna waste my breath. I wrote a detailed review for Sandworms and Paul of Dune. I decided this time around, I'm not going to waste my time going over all the inconsistencies and finer points of BH and KJA ignoring FH's previously established Dune facts, especially when all the flaws of this book have been expounded upon by the other honest reviewers as well as the dis ...more
Peter
Aug 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must not have a conscience. Conscience is the sales killer. Conscience is a minor detail, that brings forth needless complications.
I must not fear my conscience. I must jovialy piss on my father's grave. And when I finish my hack-writing job, only character derailment, soulless crap and disgrace to a once great book series will remain...
Cathy
It was a good book. Originally titled Jessica of Dune, Jessica does play a major part in the story, which is fun. There is a lot of Gurney and Duncan and Alia as well. It felt comfortable and familiar, like a visit with old friends.

The most enjoyable part was watching how the authors wove this new story in between the previously existing tales. This book takes place after book 2 of the Dune saga and before book 3 begins. It adds layers to the characters, and their histories and motivations that
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Jackie
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, epic

Centering on Lady Jessica, and through her, Paul Maud-Dib; it paints a deeper portrait than previously seen. I love the new additions to Dune. And The Winds of Dune is yet another excellent addition the the Duniverse I love with all my heart. With each interquel, I get a better understand of the main characters and what drives them. I will never get enough of Dune. I hope it continues forever, as long as it stays interesting.

Perfect closing line: In time, all things came back to Dune.
We can only
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Adam O'brien
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dune universe is such a beloved item for fans, ever since the first novel Frank Herbert wrote there have been followers, all the way to the new series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. For the last ten years Brian and Kevin have made an epic scope, from the Prelude series set before Dune to the Legends of Dune where they showed the Butlerian Jihad—the war against the machines, then after setting up the massive back story they tackled the sequel to Chapterhouse Dune, with two fantastic ...more
Adam O'brien
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dune universe is such a beloved item for fans, ever since the first novel Frank Herbert wrote there have been followers, all the way to the new series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. For the last ten years Brian and Kevin have made an epic scope, from the Prelude series set before Dune to the Legends of Dune where they showed the Butlerian Jihad—the war against the machines, then after setting up the massive back story they tackled the sequel to Chapterhouse Dune, with two fantastic ...more
Cheezo2k
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was nowhere near the caliber of Mr. Herbert's father. All through the book there were hints of something to come, and when I got to the end of the book, I saw there was no purpose to those hints within the book (probably to be continued in the next book).

I didn't appreciate the way the authors included that bit of extra story leading up to nothing.

I could also tell this book didn't have the depth of story that Frank Herbert incorporated in his books.

Overall though, I thought it was a d
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Kevin Xu
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
could have done without this book, done to cash in for a few extra dollars!
Suzanne
Picking up where Dune Messiah left off, The Winds of Dune focuses on the Empire post Paul Muad'ib.  The end of Paul's rule left planets destroyed and his legacy as a Messiah was encouraged by his sister, Alia, the new ruler.  As Bronso of Ix, the best friend from Paul's childhood, attempts to undermine the glorification of Paul's as the Messiah, the Lady Jessica (Paul's mother) secretly sides with Bronso.  Why?  You'll have to read the book the find out!
Taylor Ellwood
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've really enjoyed this book and the previous Paul of Dune which fills in some gaps in the original Dune series. The political intrigue is good and I like how various side characters are getting fleshed out in these books. If you love the original series, you'll enjoy this book and how it draws out some of the more hidden characters.
Dora Milaje Crochet
This book continues the pattern of Paul of Dune wherein inconsistencies in the expanded universe are blamed on the original books and Princess Irulan. Also did not like the revamping of Alia as a mindless evil oppressor.
T.I.M. James
There have been many things said about these Dune books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson, from them doing it for the money to them being bad, or worse.

For me it is like a car crash happening right in front of me. I really, really want to look away but I. just. Can’t.

When it was initially announced that they were going to write the final Dune book, I guessed that it was going to be from notes left by Frank Herbert and that would be the end of it. It wasn’t. Before they even tackled t
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Tulara
This book was the kind of book you want to read right through - suspend your life until it's finished - but you pace yourself - because it's such a good book. Now I know all the flack around the new Dune versus the original Dunebooks. I decided a long time ago, I didn't care. I love the original series - have read them and reread them lots of times.
I admit I was leary of the prequel set of books, but I liked the story. I crave more Paul, Jessica, the Duke, Irulan, the Bene Gesserit, the Fremen
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Dennis
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't put my finger on why, but I really liked this book. Perhaps more than the others the authors have written that keeps the Duniverse alive. This book came out after Paul of Dune but it follows Dune Messiah chronologically. Given the title Paul of Dune I thought this book would have been called "Jessica of Dune", since she was the central character. The next book to come out is called "Throne of Dune" and will probably come out next year, I am looking forward to it. It is likely to be the d ...more
Myra
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Dune book, even of the new series, but it does fill in the blanks between Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. The Lady Jessica and Gurney Halleck play central roles in this part of the story, telling us what they had been up to since they left Dune to govern Caladan, the Atreides home world. They return to Arrakis to attend Paul's funeral, and to meet Paul's infant children, who have been left under the regency of Paul's sister Alia. As usual, intrigue, secrets and lies abound in ...more
Annie M
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
WOW. Just wow. So many stories within the story. But the author is good at keeping everything woven together and relevant. I like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

I go back and forth with ideas about the main 'theme' or 'moral of story'.... and it keeps changing. I am like 2/3 through and currently my theme is "Cults are Bad" (yes, the b-Jesuits).

We'll see. I like all the twists and turns.

UPDATE: I just realized that this is the second book in a series. Gosh this is like the third
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Jim
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-quit
I guess I'm not a fan of books that tell stories between books. To put it another way, the book read like a big flashback and I've never been a fan the recon flashback. Perhaps had I read this in order, I might have liked it more. I doubt it, because I not exactly sure the familiar characters behaved in the way they should.
Bill
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Though there will never be another Dune, it is always a pleasure to return to the Dune universe. This book explores the early years following Muad'Dib's death primarily from the point of view of his mother and good friend Bronzi of Ix, of whom he asked a great favor.

The book begins rather slowly, but ends quite well.

Jack Hope III
I almost feel guilty for reading this book. Sheesh. Same issues as the other Dune Junior books, repetitive in places, somewhat shallow and generally disappointing. It's as if I were introduced to the ocean, then shuffled off to the kiddie pool.
Stacey
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
actually got this as an audio book ( won it in a twitter contest ) not the best dune book - actually - pretty useless as far as the 'story' is concerned - I felt it was mostly filler material about unimportant characters
Jane
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I got about 1.5 chapters in to this and decided I couldn't myself through it. It felt like watching a b-grade movie with bad actors. :(
Kathleen
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I bothered.
Lois Clark-Johnston
I dislike this novel more than other McDune/BH & KJA/Dune Universe books. Mostly because of the blatant attempt to resurrect Paul's character. FH already gave the reasons that Paul and after him Leto II God Emporer would be such hortible tyrants. FH left it to the readers themselves to decide whether they felt the ends justified the means. This is just a messy attempt at emotional manipulation that ultimately fails. As so many of the attempts made by BH & KJA in the Dune Universe.
In add
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Jeremy Gallen
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jorge de la Vega
While in my review of Paul of Dune I did go on a rant over how the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson Dune novels often get panned by die-hard fans simply for not being written by Frank Herbert himself, I have to agree with some of the critics of this entry in the series. Unlike Paul of Dune, which, if revisionist and sometimes a tad inconsistent, was at least somewhat enjoyable, this one wasn't all that easy to move through. Mainly due to the sudden stops and turns in the plot which make you feel ...more
Kingfan30
It's been over a year since I visited the Dune series and so far I seem to prefer the originals to the ones written by son Herbert and Co, although I do appreciate how hard it must have been to take up writing for the series. I initially sped through thus but seemed to slow down about half way though with a slight lack of enthusiasm to pick it up. One thing I can't quite get my head round is at times the gadgets seem so futuristic and at other times seem to have taken a massive step backwards, s ...more
Florin Constantinescu
Ugh. I wish they'd stop already. Did we really need this book to fill up some supposed missing gaps between "Dune" and "Children of Dune"? I don't think so. Absolutely nothing useful is being added.
It's written pretty much okay-ish, but someone please stop diluting the Duniverse!
Carlos Velez
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conflict. Love. Disappointment. Excitement. Nostalgia. Annoyance. Skepticism. Hope. Satisfaction.

These are my reactions, feelings, towards thisa book. I am really enjoying it, but of course, it's not written by Frank Herbert which always leads to some conflicting and disappointing emotions. However, I feel no need to bash Brian Herbert or Kevin J Anderson. They have inherited a masterpiece, a literary legacy, and no author could be expected to live up to the standards set by Frank Herbert's orig
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Julie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winds of Dune

Loved this book by Brian Herbert. I love escaping into his books. I'm rereading the Dune saga, and can't wait to read the next book.
Matthew Willis
I enjoyed the book. However, this is the second book with the dealing with what happened two books ago. It's time for them to understand that we can make the same book twice with different topics.
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